Sydney Zoo has been approved to be built on a 16.5-hectare facility at Bungarribee Park in Western Sydney Parklands.
The new zoo will feature 30 exotic and native animal exhibits that will be assessable through safari-like enclosures and elevated boardwalks.
It will also feature an integrated Aboriginal and natural heritage program that will focus on the local Darug people of Western Sydney.
Educational resources available at the zoo will include an amphitheatre, a native fish aquarium, insectarium and nocturnal houses.
Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Sydney Zoo is set to be Australia’s most technologically advanced and innovative zoo.
“Sydney Zoo will set a new standard in visitor experience and have people coming back time and time again,” Mr Ayres said.
Construction of Sydney Zoo will start later this year, creating 160 full-time jobs and a further 120 full-time jobs once its operational.
The facility is set to open before the 2018 summer school holidays.
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